Pocket Film Antiques

The first week of October I went on a little road trip to Louisville, Kentucky, for the MWSPE conference. I knew I wouldn’t have much time to take photos, so I only brought one camera: my Minolta Weathermatic A, which is my only camera that shoots pocket film.

And, for some reason, I really wanted to shoot antiques with pocket film. I thought they would look good with the grainy quality of the film. Since my family was going to Kentucky with me, I knew that stopping at antique stores was inevitable– so I was prepared, and I was not disappointed.

One of my favorite things about antique stores is the collection like quality of a lot of their display cases. So much Coca Cola memorabilia, paperweights, light bulb thingies… Also, shout out to the last image of the carnival ride set up– I have a fondness for the dog(?) chillin’ in the middle of everything.

When I got back from my trip, I still had a couple of shots left, but was eager to get the cartridge processed. So, I took some photos of my apartment, including my roommate’s cool looking bed (sorry, Claire, but you have good taste.)

As always, I want to shoot more. Chicago has some great antique shops, so maybe when I’m not living the grad school life, I can check them out. Until then, this will probably be a thing I do when I go on road trips.

Happy Shooting!

Film from a Time Ago

A time ago, in some months far away, I had two lomo films that I shot and needed to get developed. Thing is, I was moving to Chicago, where a lomography store is, so I just kinda held onto the rolls for a monthish and got them developed once I moved. So, really, everything is from the fourth of July.

 

I finally shot my roll of Lomography’s 110 Red Scale, which I’ve held on to for I think two years now? I’ve just had it for a really long time and FINALLY shot it. The colors came out interesting. I’m curious as to why the one photograph of the Battle Creek Air Show came out in purples and yellowish-whites, but I love it and would have loved it in other photos.

I also hot with my Diana for the first time, with Lomochrome XR Purple 120 Film. I was doing multiple exposures without realizing it, because on the Diana you have to remember to wind and to stop, because there isn’t a like, automatic stop like there is on normal film cameras. You really have to pay attention. I’m not a huge fan of that technical part, but I still enjoyed shooting with it.

I love hot air balloons. Is it next summer yet so I can see more?

Getting more use out of 110 pocket film is a goal of mine, mostly because I have had one of my 110 photos win a prize and another is currently on exhibit in Massachusetts. So, I’m just kinda like, “Why not shoot more?”

You should try it sometime.

Happy Shooting!

It Was the Fourth of July (Lomochrome Turquoise XR)

I had a wonderful holiday weekend, taking photos and being with some of my favorite people. I went to the Battle Creek Air Show, and snapped away using my Minolta X700 and some Lomochrome Turquoise XR film. Check out these way cool results!

Gorgeous. I am so in love with this film, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something new! I snapped a couple double exposures, and I also took my Hoya RGB Multivision filter out and used it in a couple of shots (the rainbow trippy ones.)

The nice thing about this weekend was how I was challenging myself to take the photos I wanted to take– pictures of people. I am extremely shy when it comes to photographing strangers, even candidly, but this weekend I made it my goal to take the photos I wanted to take. So, I got some wonderful candids, like the the one of the father and daughter playing a carnival game. Love it.

My next goal is asking people up front if I can take their photo. Yikes.

ALSO, IF YOU NOTICED, I FINALLY GOT SOME PHOTOS OF HOT AIR BALLOONS TAKING OFF. NOT OF THEM GLOWING ON THE GROUND, OR ALREADY IN FLIGHT. AFTER TWO SUMMERS OF TRYING, I FINALLY GOT TO SEE THEM TAKE OFF.

Seriously– I’ve been trying for two summers. You can read about those adventures here and here.

I also shot some 110 film and some 120 film, but I have to send those off for development. Maybe you’ll see them in like a month. Or five. Who knows with me!

Happy Shooting!

Weekend Shots

I had a busy weekend, and it was wonderful. I went to a country fair in the middle of nowhere with some friends, visited Wayne State University’s gorgeous campus, went to the Memorial Day parade in Dexter, and visited my Grandpa. I took my Holga 120 TIM with me on my escapades.

The TIM has the ability to make multiple exposures and split the frame in two. You can make your own stereographs with it because of this feature. You can make as many exposures as you want as well, like the crowd one was three different exposures.

Yeah, I just goofed around with this camera all weekend. I am actually a little emotional over the picture I got of my grandpa, because he is so stoic and I got him without him noticing. You know, the whole “acting for the camera thing?” It’s not a factor in this picture. Roland Barthes is all emotional of the photograph of his mother as a child, and I am emotional over this photograph of my grandpa.

So, yeah. I took pictures of things this weekend. I have a schedule of interesting photo shoots coming up, and I am really looking forward to it. I’m longing for constructed images like nobody’s business.

That’s all for now. Happy Shooting!

 

LomoChrome Turquoise XR

I am in love with the new LomoChrome Turquoise XR. The results I obtained from it were unpredictable and exciting, and I can’t wait to shoot my next roll.

For this roll, I started in the middle-of-nowhere-Michigan, and my wonderful boyfriend would stop the car when I wanted a picture. The rest of the roll was shot on a very lengthly walk with my best friend Kaiden, and while on this walk, I asked him to lie down on random things. Bless.

I would like to shoot outside when there are big puffy clouds in the sky, as there is a hint of what could be in the first photo. I’m also wondering about shooting more indoors; a majority of my indoors photos have a blue cast, but one of them is more greenish. Fluorescent lighting?  I’ll find out.

Since I goofed off on a roll, I’m brainstorming what sort of narrative would be complimented by this film. I’ll be doing some underwater shoots this summer, so maybe I’ll give it a whirl then.

LomoChrome Turquoise XR? 10/10, highly recommend.

Happy Shooting!

Paris Throwback

I kept forgetting about a roll of film from my trip abroad that hadn’t been developed. I’ve been procrastinating on getting it done because I’d have to mail it to Lomography in NYC, which is a bit expensive, and I’d have to wait about a month. But, when I was getting things together for NYC, I noticed it, and packed it, figuring I could deliver it to the store myself and get it developed over the weekend. My plan succeeded, so, here’s a throwback to Paris, Lomochrome Purple XR panoramic style:

I used my Horizon Perfekt and determined the exposures without a light meter. It’s good I can do this regularly now, considering I’ve kinda been doing this photography thing for a while… even so, I’m thrilled they came out so nicely.

I think my favorite is the Eiffel Tower one, but they each look so nice it’s hard to commit to that comment.

There are two things I want to do with my life: travel and take photographs.

Happy Shooting!

I Accidentally Photographed the Universe

So, I accidentally photographed the universe. Maybe.

I’m a little bummed because I haven’t really created any pictures in a few days, so I was reminiscing about my photography career in the form of going through my files and being a critic about everything. A walk down memory lane is never complete without crippling self-criticism! But then, I discovered this:

I know this is from my first roll I ever shot on my Voigtlander Brillant v6, but I guess I dismissed it because photos of red phone boxes were more interesting at the time.

Look familiar?

Here, let me help you out:

Yeah, the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation aren’t actually in space. They’re in my camera from the 1940s.

Take that, science.

Happy Shooting (or discovering that your camera is majestic!)

P.S.- Here’s more proof, another image from the Eagle Nebula:

SCIENCE.

Regent’s Flower

I may be back in the United States, but my film keeps on coming in.

Thursday, my second to last day in the wonderful city of London, started out bright and early with my friend Sarah. We did a photo shoot in Regent’s Park, mostly in Queen Mary’s Rose Garden. I used Lomochrome Purple XR film in my Twin Holga camera, then re-shot it in my Minolta after rolling it back up. The results are stunning.

The middle photo in the bottom row was printed wrong in the lab, but it still looks cool so whatever.

I’ve been curious to see what happens when you double expose Lomochrome Purple film, and hey, I am not disappointed in the least. I look forward to shooting more doubles on this film.

If you’re planning on shooting Lomochrome Purple- totally get some vegetation in your shots. It’s work it, I promise.

Side note: I got an email from my professor regarding my photography class this fall- it’s all analog and other processes, and holy cow it’s less than two weeks away and I am so excited!

Happy Shooting!

P.S.- Is anyone going to London? Can I sneak a ride in your suitcase?

Perfektion

I’m pretty excited. And here’s why:

Check those babies out! I brought my Horizon Perfekt camera with me on this trip and loaded it with Lomochrome Purple XR. And it did not disappoint. Since I had to do my own metering I ended up with a lot of different colors than I usually do when using this film, since I didn’t have a light meter metering for a set ISO.

Here are the places, in order from top to bottom: Shakespeare’s House, Garden at Shakespeare’s House, Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Glastonbury Abbey, View from the Tor, Avebury, Stonehenge.

I really love the one of Trinity Church. It was really sunny that day, so I remember thinking to myself, “better over-expose a stop or too- this thing is in too much shadow.” And now it is glowing all heavenly-like. How holy.

I shot another roll on my Horizon of my trip to Paris and whatnot, but unfortunately those won’t be seen for another month or two, since I’m returning to the land of no LomoLabs and I have to mail the roll off to NYC and wait for an eternity. So, look forward to those, because I (hopefully) have some gems in that bunch.

Until then, happy shooting!

On the Banks of Shoreditch

Yeah, there’s no banks of Shoreditch. Just Shoreditch.

Today my classmates and I went on a walking tour of- you guessed it- Shoreditch. Our tour guide, Henri, was a formerly homeless man who knew the area well. I really appreciated Henri, for many reasons: one, he was unapologetic in the way he would talk about the mistreatment of the homeless and how the screwed-up system takes advantage of them. Second, Henri studied art- interior design, actually. So there’s that awesome common knowledge of art things that we shared.

Shoreditch has a lot of graffiti, a lot of galleries, and a lot of artists. It’s a pretty cool neighborhood, despite it’s sketchy past. Damein Hirst- one of my favorite artists ever- lived in Shoreditch before he became famous, squatting in buildings and whatnot. I actually got to see where he lived (totes took a photo like a tourist, don’t judge me,) and I also saw Cock and Bull through a window. Talk about a pleasant surprise.

When I learned that we were going to Shoreditch, I took to Google and found what was there, which was tons of graffiti. Alright, cool. I have a lot of rolls of films left, including my Revolog Kolor films, and I thought, eh, why not do a shoot down there with my beautiful friend Christina? So, we did.

I’ve only used Revolog Kolor film once before (I think? I shoot so much I can’t keep track anymore,) and that was during my last trip to Europe, and that roll got fogged. This time around my film is not fogged (just the typical light leaks from my Minolta… I should do something about those,) and I like the color cast presented by the film. It looks great with the graffiti.

My favorite is the “Curious” picture.

I didn’t fill up the 36 exp. roll while at Shoreditch, but I did manage to fill it in the Underground.

Welp, I’m off to Paris this weekend, so wish me luck! I get to spend four days paranoid about my camera bag. Gotta watch out for those pick-pockets.

Happy shooting!